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A rail tank car at the Fire Service Institute.
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Ethanol Spills On The Rise In The Midwest

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that as production and transportation of ethanol has risen dramatically in the region over the past three decades, so have ethanol spills.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago)
Seth Perlman / AP
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Little Progress Seen In Tuesday Budget Talks

Illinois' political leaders say things are remaining civil behind closed doors as they hold budget meetings, though they’re having trouble agreeing on how to hold future meetings.

Illinois' Malcolm Hill punctuates a fast break Tuesday night game against IUPUI
Rob McColley / for Illinois Public Media
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Malcolm Hill Takes Over To Propel Illini Past IUPUI

The Illini men got all they could handle from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Tuesday night in Champaign.

Illinois won with a score of 85-77. But it was a two-possession game and the Jaguars had the ball with less than a minute to go before a Jaylon Tate steal sealed the win.

U of I President Tim Killeen speaks at Monday's Urbana campus Academic Senate meeting at the Illini Union.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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Killeen: No Sanctuary Status For U Of I

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says the school’s three campuses can not serve as a sanctuary for undocumented students - citing the need to uphold state and federal laws. In a mass e-mail Tuesday, Killeen says the sanctuary concept is not well defined. But he says leaders will continue to do all they can within the law to support and protect all students, including those who are undocumented.

Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
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Pius Weibel Returns As Champaign County Board Chair

Champaign Democrat Pius Weibel is the new chair of the Champaign County board. A majority of County Board Democrats voted to appoint Weibel as chair at Monday night’s organizational meeting. His election came after an effort by fellow Democrat Pattsi Petrie to continue as chair with Republican support collapsed, due to the absence of GOP member John Jay.